About C3

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The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) is a program of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with support from the City of Chicago, in collaboration with partners across the city.

The Chicago Conservation Corps recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects.

If you have an interest in environmental issues and wish to make a difference in your neighborhood, get involved in one of C3’s programs.


Chicago Conservation Corps Leaders

Leaders participate in 20+ hours of training classes that equip them with a broad understanding of urban environmental challenges and opportunities. Local experts teach these classes, which cover environmental principles and skills in six subject areas: water, energy, green space, green health, waste & community organizing.

Making a difference
Following the classes, Leaders turn their learning into action by developing and leading environmental service projects in their communities with support from C3 Partners and staff. After the project is complete, the Leader is recognized at an annual Leader Graduation Celebration and is eligible to complete further Leader projects.


Student Clubs

Chicago Public School teachers can apply to start an after-school conservation club for students. Club projects include recycling, worm composting, water conservation, energy efficiency campaigns, art projects made from repurposed materials, and much more. Teachers involved receive a stipend, materials, project guides, CPDUs and other resources.  This program is at no cost to the school.


Can’t commit to Student Club or Leader Training? Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to get information on one-time conservation events happening throughout Chicago! Click the button below to sign up for our monthly C3 newsletter. We’ll send you four conservation related events and/or volunteer opportunities happening near you!

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Please contact us by email or at 773-755-5177 if you have any questions.